21 July 2020

Honourable House Chairperson,

In the interest of time, please allow me to say "All protocol observed"

We are here to present the Department of Human Settlement's Budget Vote at a time when our country is going through the devastating effects of Covid-19. I want to take this opportunity to pay my sincere condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones through this horrific virus, especially to the family of Kaunda Ntunja, who through his long-term friendship with my children, has almost become one of my own.
We are learning new norms in doing our work.

Honourable House Chairperson, as a Department and Ministry, we are at the forefront in implementing the District Development Model, which some of the doom-sayers are questioning here today. We find it practical to work with the other spheres of Government.

Just after taking office last year, we were invited to visit a community of Ntokozweni in the OR Tambo District Municipality, in the Eastern Cape, where certain concerns were raised.

The result was a coordinated intervention that addressed these various concerns, leading to houses being built and handed over to destitute families in the district that were affected by the disaster. This programme of addressing the needs of the indigent remains our priority as the department through all our provinces and municipalities.

Guided by principles underpinning the District Development Model, in March this year we championed a number of meetings between the three spheres of government. The purpose was to address the concerns of the community of the informal settlement called Kanana in Cape Town.
As a result, we managed to resolve one of the burning issues in the housing delivery value chain where 99 beneficiaries have already been relocated to the Forest Village housing project, with 51 more still to be moved.

This is in line with Minister Sisulu’s commitment to fast-track the upgrading of informal settlements in order to mitigate against the impact of Covid-19.

Honourable members, during our budget vote in July 2019, we announced that we would collaborate with provinces and municipalities in fast-tracking the issuing of title deeds to our people. We tackled this task head-on in KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo with the MECs, Executive Mayors and Councillors. In dealing with challenges of Title Deeds, we visited provinces that were hugely affected by this and we met with Premiers. Going forward, we all agreed that we will monitor the performance of this programme.

Sizakuqinisekisa ukuba amakhosikazi nolutsha ayinxalenye yokwakha izindlu, i30% ebekelwe oomama kunye ne 10% ebekelwe ulutsha mabayifumane. Sizimisele ekuphuhliseni amakhosikazi nolutsha kulakhiwo lwezindlu. Sithi nabani na ofuna ukuma endleleni yethu ngalomba, sakumgila ayokuwa. Siyaqhuba, asimanga.

Honourable members, this country’s freedom did not come cheap. Selfless men and women of the mass democratic movements had to sacrifice their lives and livelihoods and stood at the forefront of our liberation struggle to fight for this democracy. It is therefore befitting that we acknowledge that Military Veterans of all the progressive different movements are owed a great deal by this country.

We have delivered a reasonable number of quality homes to the majority of our Military Veterans and together with the department of Military Veterans are determined to sort out all the minor glitches standing in our way in completing this task. This important task of providing houses for our Veterans remains work in progress.

We dare not fail otherwise history will judge us harshly.

I thank you